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Travel Tuesday: Get Pampered In Paradise

Not sure about you, but 2023’s gotten off to a really rough start for us.

The year may be a little more than three-weeks-old, but we’re already jonesing for an escape to someplace exotic where we can be treated like the superstars we are (in our own heads).

So naturally, our thoughts this Travel Tuesday have drifted to one of the most lavish travel experiences we had last fall: Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya.

We rarely say no when a PR firm invites us on a vacation where somebody else is covering the entire bill, partly because we never had a real sugar daddy, but also because we love exploring new places. So when we saw the words “invitation” and “Rosewood” in the subject line at the top of our inbox, we couldn’t click fast enough to RSVP.

And boy are we glad we did.

We’d never heard of Mayakoba and that’s because it’s not a town per se, but a gated collection of luxury hotel and residential properties on the Caribbean Sea, about halfway between CancĂșn and Tulum. Now that we’ve been, however, we’re anxious to return.

To be clear upfront, Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya is a luxury experience that’s worlds away from the all-inclusive resorts that many people seek out in friendly Mexico. For most of us, this will be a special-occasion getaway, but for couples like the one we met who flew in on a private plane with their two dogs, it could simply be a quick weekday retreat with butler service and a private plunge pool.

(Yes, each room includes both of those first-class amenities, among many others.)

Upon arrival from the CancĂșn airport (it’s about a 45-minute ride), you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail, checked in, and led to a boat where you’ll be whisked away on lagoon passageways to your suite or villa.

As the boat glides up to the dock outside your room, your butler will be waiting to welcome you to your home away from home for the next few days. You’ll pass the heated-when-you-want-it plunge pool on the way in (a favorite hangout spot for us every morning with coffee and each evening with a nightcap before bed). The suites are super spacious with separate dining and living areas, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower, a giant indoor soaking tub, and one of the comfiest beds we’ve ever experienced.

We were tempted to not leave the room ever, but there’s much to explore on the property. So make sure you force yourself out of hibernation. Bikes await right outside your front door (there’s a land entrance to each room, too). So pedal your way to one of the many restaurants, pools, and beachfronts (including a tranquil adults-only pool and beach area).

You should also take time to escape to Sense: A Rosewood Spa. Located on a small island within the resort boundaries, the spa truly represents an oasis escape. Even if you don’t schedule a spa treatment, such as a massage or facial, you can access the very well-appointed fitness facility, the tranquil spa pool with different water jets for a little aquatherapy.

In the men’s locker room, go through the multi-stage ritual of steam room, infrared sauna, steam shower, hot tub and cold plunge. We spent a couple of hours each day bouncing between these features and left ultra-relaxed (if not a little pruny).

We’re all about relaxation on these types of trips, but you can choose from a variety of experiences, including golf, chef’s tasting dinners, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, cooking classes and hiking (among many other options).

So if you’re looking for a splurge that’s only a nonstop flight from DFW and a short drive thereafter, consider Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya for some world-class rest and relaxation.

Oh, and tequila. Lots and lots of tequila.

Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya
Suites from $630 per night
rosewoodhotels.com